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In May last year we launched our new advertising campaign, 'Life With Cancer'. After speaking to lots of people living with and affected by cancer, we noticed that a common theme was clear: that whilst cancer is life-changing, it isn't always life-ending.
The campaign videos highlighted that you may have cancer, but you are still you, with a life to lead, friends to see, family who need you, and people to love.
As part of the campaign update, we have two new videos to show you. Let us know what you think by posting a comment below.
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I saw the Mum with Cancer film on Twitter, some of it rang true. The simple things of doing your daughter's hair when you feel rubbish, losing my hair and still being Mum. It's hard hitting but very honest. From what I've seen on here it will ring true with a lot of people. Good luck with the campaign!
Whilst life with cancer is still life....its not the same life anymore. My mum had terminal secondary liver cancer and our lives were changed overnight. Every week at the hospital for treatments, role reversal as I had to care for her, couldn't go out if it was cold due to her side effects, she couldn't eat properly anymore. She tried her best to be normal but it wasn't "life" anymore. Whilst I appreciate the sentiment of these adverts, I'm sure there's more experiences like ours than people being "normal". Sorry for sounding negative but I'm just being honest so this will probably be deleted :(
Never alone? We are here for you...that advert makes me so cross...
Really? This is the only support I’ve found. MY OH who has the cancer has nothing. I was told my local Macmillan centre could support me too,,,,, but when i turned up in tears,, they listened , but that was it.No other counselling or help available i was told,..
Helpline is there but not 24/7
This campaign really resonates with me, I was 22 when I was diagnosed with a daughter of 4 and life as you know it changes in a blink of an eye. At 27 having been told the cancer was terminal, Macmillan nurses helped us to break the news to our daughter, that was 10 years ago and I am still surviving but during that time I and my family have been supported by Macmillan when I/we have needed it. Life is not how we thought it would be but I am a Mum, daughter, sister, wife, friend before I am a cancer patient. I am me, the cancer is just an univited gatecrasher and we have to still deal with the everyday things that everyone else does. Good Luck with the campaign.
I am not sure how to say it, but the ads make me quite envious as I just don't seem to have the support, it just seems to evade me, asking someone rather than an answer phone would be nice.
I do appreciate what the adverts are trying to portray, but for me and my situation, they just don't fit, they make cancer seem quite minor.
I understand why we could not show cases like some of us experience, it would be too upsetting, for patients, carers and the public.
For me, I think the funds could be better spent on providing support. My local hospice does not advertise or if it does it is minimal, but the care they provide is apparently recognised by families, and this generates a good income. I do hear of some people getting great support, so thank you Macmillan, let's hope it continues to spread around the country.
Life with cancer may still be a life but it’s not my life!!! Everything has changed and not for the better!! It would seem that I should be trying new interests like puzzles, I never did puzzles before cancer so why should I suddenly want to do one???? I went to the gym, did voluntary work but can’t do that now even though I’m supposed to getting better and have stopped chemo the long term side effects are destroying me!! I WANT MY LIFE BACK
Although I'm trying to be positive I do agree with last post I want my life back too!
I am a over a year and a half since diagnosis and I am still struggling don't get me wrong I have more good days now but the bad days are still bad.Thinking of all of you living with cancer
I agree with a lot of these comments here. I do not like the adverts and think they should be shorter and just fund raising. Many of them seem to trivialise cancer. They are a waste of money which could be better spent elsewhere. On my first operation one particularly nasty nurse (they were all quite evil) told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and that everyone was in the same boat when I was actually talking to another patient to give her some information. Since then I have tried to speak to my breast care nurses but they are sorely lacking just in basic empathy. What amazes me is every time I see my consultant (who was wonderful) they sit in the same room, say nothing but look as though they've just stepped out of the beauty parlour which makes me suspect how hard they really work! I am now waiting for an oncology appointment which is sorely overdue but am being labelled a "nuisance" for pressing for a date. I still have not got the pills I need to take every day to stop the cancer growing again and still don't know if I will need a course of radiotherapy. On contacting the oncologist's secretary it would seem that she is going on holiday for two weeks on the day that the oncologists holiday finishes. I was told there was a back-log of "ladies" (I would prefer to be called a patient) and get the strong impression that us breast cancer survivors are a bit of a pain!
I recognise much of what you say! I suggest you find someone to intervene on your behalf, eg your GP or a district nurse, and get things moving again in terms of your appointments and medication.
Hi,When I first saw ,”a sister with cancer is still a sister “advert on TV,I was quite shocked !my 2sisters took me to appointments and Hospital etc,and that was 1and a half years ago.I was fortunate enough to not have to have chemo or radio-.but I did have a massive DIEP operation.I cant think of the word I am looking for...but the first thing I thought when I first saw this ad,was,”OF COURSE she is!!What does she become?It felt a bit like you are making a person with cancer into another type of human being....???Have I misunderstood?
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